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2010 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Mingo NWR Invasive Species Control
Region: 3
Station: Mingo NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Brad Pendley 573-222-3589 x12
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Invasive plant species continue to impact native systems at Mingo NWR. Each year, the staff and volunteers treat infested areas mechanically or chemically to try and reduce the further spread of invasive plants. In 2010 we focused on 5 plants species that were invading 3 different habitat types on the refuge. Johnson grass was located along many of the roadways on the refuge. When found, it was mapped and chemically treated before seed heads matured. One to two months after treatment, the roadsides were mowed to remove dead plants from the treatment area. Autumn olive, multiflora rose, and Japanese honeysuckle were treated in woodland areas across the refuge. These treatments included mapping of infested sites and chemical treatment of the area. Reed canary grass is located on the levees and in moist soil units on the refuge. In the fall, areas with reed canary grass were mowed and allowed to resprout for a week to two weeks. The infested areas were then chemically treated to kill the existing plants. The project included monitoring previous weed treatments, mapping new infested areas, and treating stands of known and newly discovered areas. Volunteers from our friends groups, along with Conservation Internship Program (CIP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) interns worked throughout the summer and fall to complete the project.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Johnson grass Sorghum halepense
Autumn olive Elaeagnus umbellata
Reed canary grass Phalaris arundinacea
Multiflora rose Rosa multiflora
Japanese honeysuckle Lonicera japonica
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp             VA_GradIntern                    VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Much of the bottomland hardwood ecosystem along the Mississippi River has been converted to agriculture. The few remaining stands play an increasingly important role. One of the major threats to these systems is invasive species. Five volunteers and interns actively monitored, mapped, and treated invasive plant species across the refuge. The volunteers searched areas for invasive plants, mapped infestations with GPS units, and chemically or mechanically treated invasive species.
Total Number of Volunteers: 5
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 240
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
CIP, Graduate STEP Intern, and Mingo Swamp Friends Volunteers


Project Results:
Give an overview of the results of the project. Include quantifiable measure of success, such as maps produced, efficacy of control measures, number of sites where invasions were detected early and responded to, number of community contacts, etc. (Up to 250 words).
This project resulted in the effective treatment of 258 acres of Mingo NWR. Johnson grass control resulted in 24 miles of refuge roads being treated. Multiflora rose, Japanese honeysuckle, and autumn olive were spot treated in bottomland and upland forests. Reed canary grass was treated in moist soil units and along levees. All treatments occurred during optimal times of the year. Each treatment appeared to be successful but addition monitoring in out years will be necessary to determine if control was achieved.
Number of Acres Treated: 258
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 534
Number of Acres Restored:


Budget: Account for funds in broad categories such as equipment, volunteer stipends, travel, coordinator salary/contract, etc.

Total Grant Amount:

$ $5000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies
Chemical $1500 30%
Biocontrol Agents
Volunteer Stipends $3500 70%
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL $5000 100%

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?
The program was very useful. We were able to treat additional acres and have 1 additional volunteer intern for the summer. Without this funding, the number of acres treated would have been fewer and the spread of invasive species would have continued at a more rapid pace.


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